July 23, 2014
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Avamys

(fluticasone furoate nasal spray)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02298589 AVAMYS METERED DOSE 27.5 G PER SPRAY

How does Avamys work? What will it do for me?

Fluticasone nasal spray belongs to the class of medications called corticosteroids. It is used to treat seasonal and perennial (year-round) allergic rhinitis in people 2 years of age and older.

Fluticasone nasal spray helps to reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis such as stuffy, runny, or itchy nose; sneezing; and red, itchy, or watery eyes. This medication may start to work 8 to 24 hours after the first dose, but it may take several days to reach its full effect.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Avamys?

For adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older, the recommended dose is 2 sprays in each nostril once daily, preferably at the same time each day. For the best results, this medication should be used regularly each day.

For children 2 to less than 12 years of age, the recommended starting dose is 1 spray in each nostril once daily. The doctor may suggest increasing the dose to 2 sprays in each nostril once daily until symptoms are controlled. Once the symptoms are under control, the doctor may suggest reducing the dose to 1 spray in each nostril once daily.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

If you are using this medication for the first time, if you have not used it for more than 30 days, or if the cap has been left off for more than 5 days, you will need to "prime" the pump by spraying the pump in the air (away from you) 6 times or until a fine mist is sprayed from the bottle. Before each use, gently blow your nose to clear your nostrils.

With the cap on, shake the medication well. Then remove the cap and follow these 3 steps to use the medication:

  1. Tilt your head forward slightly and place the nozzle in one of your nostrils. Point the end of the nozzle towards the side of your nose.
  2. Press the button firmly one time to spray the medication while you are breathing in through your nose. Remove the nozzle from your nose and breathe out through your mouth.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other nostril.

If you are using 2 sprays in each nostril, repeat steps 1 to 3 again.

Avoid getting the spray in your eyes. If you do, thoroughly rinse your eyes with water. Always put the cap back on after use.

The contents of the bottle can be viewed through an indicator window. The nasal device should be discarded after the labelled number of sprays has been used. Beyond this, the correct amount of medication in each spray cannot be assured, even though the bottle is not completely empty.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication by several hours, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double a dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature in an upright position with the cap on, and keep it out of the reach of children. Do not refrigerate or freeze it.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Avamys come in?

Fluticasone furoate nasal spray is an unscented, taste-free, alcohol-free, preserved aqueous suspension of micronized fluticasone furoate for topical administration to the nasal mucosa by means of a metering (50 µL), atomizing spray pump. Each bottle contains a net fill weight of 4.5 g or 10 g and will provide 30 or 120 metered sprays, respectively, after the initial priming. Each spray delivers a fine mist containing 27.5 µg of fluticasone furoate in 50 µL of formulation. Nonmedicinal ingredients: 0.015% w/w benzalkonium chloride, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, dextrose anhydrous, edetate disodium, microcrystalline cellulose, polysorbate 80, and purified water.

Who should NOT take Avamys?

Fluticasone furoate nasal spray should not be used by anyone who is allergic to fluticasone furoate or to any of the ingredients of the medication.

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